Hi all! :o) Kylie here…and once again, sooooo happy to bring another new GALLERY GIRLS feature to you! This will be our last gallery girls post for 2011…and what a way to finish the year out!! Today, I’m beyond thrilled to ‘introduce’ you to one of the shining stars in our inspiration gallery…Gracie (graciewollf)! :o)
I have a feeling that my ‘words’ simply won’t do justice in describing Gracie’s awesome talent for digi-scrapping…however, I’ll do my very best! ;o) Not only is she a beautiful person inside and out, she is a true creative spirit and you can see that in each and every page. Her photographs are AMAZING - technically brilliant and full of life, light & love…and this brilliance flows over into the rest of her page…from stunning corner to stunning corner. Gracie has a definite flair for color <you can see that at an instant>, and her design-work results in truly unique and magical creations. Her layouts are big and bold! But at the same time, all those precious little details, that you so often find gracing Gracie’s pages (sorry about the pun! LOL!), never ever get overshadowed. And, I just love Gracie’s versatility – from serious, heartfelt pages to pages full of funny adventures – from no journaling and a simple title to the perfect amount of storytelling – from soft & dreamy palettes to a rainbow of colors – from lots of negative space to cluster upon cluster! If you’re like me you’ll get totally lost in her incredible work! Gracie’s gallery is pure inspiration!
So let’s move on with getting to know a bit more about the gorgeous Gracie and checking out all the incredible new layouts she created especially for this post (be sure to keep scrolling!). Although, I’m betting you have already had a peek – I don’t blame you, absolutely impossible not to…seriously outta-this-world AWESOME, aren’t they?! I soooo wish I could have made every layout featured here full-size, but alas, it would have taken forever for the whole post to load and I didn’t want you to have to wait any longer than necessary to see all the fabulousness!! Gracie will, however, be uploading all of these new layouts to her gallery…so you can see the larger images and more info about each there :o) YAY!
It was impossible to choose a favorite new page to share first, they’re ALL my faves!!…but I just had to ‘bookend’ with these sweet co-ordinating layouts. This is big sister Aurora’s page…my oh my! Beautiful…what more can I say, so I’ll just stop there and let you take it all in!
Now, on with the interview…
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF…
I always hate this question because I never know where to start! How about the beginning? I grew up on a tiny island in South East Alaska, Petersburg, to be exact. The town, at it’s most populated, boasted 3,600 people. You had to make your own fun- that’s why I think I am creative to this day. I remember mom giving us crayons, chalk, markers, and freezer paper and telling us to, “have at it”.
Today, I like to think of myself as a schizophrenic artist (as my husband calls it) – I have to have two or more projects going at once. I am a photographer. I enjoy digital art, tangible art, and all things creative. I am a mom of two little girls that I hope share my creative whims someday.
Two more gems! I’m a big fan of circles and these two pages are circle-tastic! And just look at the cutsey cousins pic…adorable!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SCRAPPING DIGITALLY…AND DID YOU EVER GIVE PAPER SCRAPPING A TRY?
I have been scrapbooking for quite a few years – it’s so hard with kids – they always want to help cut, paste, rivet… not the safest thing in the world. I switched to digital last year to keep things under control – I can leave my projects safely on my laptop and no one touches, moves, cuts, or destroys anything, which makes me happy!
Love, love, love these two layouts! Gracie uses her namesake to perfection in “Molly & Daddy”. And how awesome is the yellow, brown and dark blue combo on the other…and the whole page is layered to perfection!
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR SCRAPPING STYLE?
I like to think I am a multiple personality scrapper. I like simple clean lines but then I love the chaotic nature of clustering. I enjoy clean edges ran over by messy stitches. I love torn edges too. I really enjoy neutral with a mix of bright colors. I think my favorite kit to date is, “Gracie” because the pallet is so versatile and the elements are PERFECT!
WHAT IS THE FIRST COMPONENT OF EACH PAGE YOU CREATE…OR DOES IT VARY FROM PAGE TO PAGE?
I am an organized scrapper – I adore the Easy-as-pie templates so much that I when I first go to make a page, I like to create a template and plan everything out. I do know what pictures I’m going to use before I create it though. I pick my papers out next, then frames, if I use them. I follow by edging, stitching, and elements.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LAYOUT (TO DATE) AND WHY?
See, even Gracie herself has trouble picking just the one fave from her gallery, lol!
Gracie says ~ To date, my favorite layouts are, “Expressive Molly” which I love because of the simple clean lines of it and the little details, like the tag hanger and scalloped edges. I also LOVE, “Flower Child” because of the continuity of the whole page – the picture coordinates, the papers, embellishments— everything just flows.
…and here is SP’s pick…
SP says ~ It would be tough to imagine a sweeter and more special layout than this one! Little Molly’s ‘first cry’ photo is out-of-this-world amazing – what a perfect capture! Then…the precious ‘sisterly love’ photo…MELT! Finally…the patient mommy picture – LOVE! And, while this page is obviously ALL about the photos and memories/moments…the actual design of the layout is incredible, too! From all of the layering and stitches, to the shadows…and just the simple fact that the page is BLUE…even for a baby girl – BRILLIANT and total PERFECTION :o) While it was difficult to choose a favorite…as they are all WOW pages (seriously…not a less-than-stellar page in the entire gallery)…this one spoke to me the most! BRAVO :o)
WHAT TIP/TECHNIQUE DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED SCRAPPING DIGITALLY?
I wish I knew how to vary shadows. I love how things that are supposed to jump off the page, can look like they do (like leaves, or bows). If you simply add more distance and play with the sliders, it can add so much depth!
WHAT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR SCRAPBOOKING?
I find inspiration in just about anything – I find it in just about everything. I find it in the colors of what my kids are wearing (or what they put together), i find it in a neat fabric, I find it in a magazine, even in jewelry. I like to take all of these things and scatter them in the way the jewelry patterns may lay, or in the placement of a pocket on jeans.
I can’t get enough of graciewollf‘s scrapbooking layouts, can you?! A couple more treats for us to drool over…
TECH STUFF :o) Tell us about your camera and software!
I am a little lucky being a photographer, I have some neat stuff to play with. I have a Canon 7D and a Canon Rebel xt, along with a handful of lenses. I use photoshop cs3 for all of my editing and page creating needs.
FAST FIVE FACTS!
Favorite COLOR: Pink. no, Blue. no, Yellow. Orange? But then Green is so pretty too…. can I pick all?
Favorite FOOD: I think my favorite has to be Chocolate. yup. Chocolate. It goes with anything – Coffee, fruit, wine… yup anything!
Favorite MOVIE: I think it’s Princess Bride.
Favorite SONG: anything by Adele, Jake Owen, or Nickel Creek.
Favorite MEMORY: I was about 21, and my twin sister, Marie, and I were actually home, in Petersburg, AK, together, with our boyfriends. We decided to go hiking to the garnet mine and get some garnets. It was a long hike and on the way down an embankment, Marie’s boyfriend tumbled a bit, grabbed a tree root on the way down and ripped the seat out of his pants. I still giggle to this day thinking about how red that poor guy turned—did I mention, he was my ex-boyfriend? hahahaha. We did get a jelly-jar full of garnets. It was a great day!
…and now it’s Miss Molly’s turn! Again, my oh my… PRECIOUS - in every way possible!! Both Aurora and her little sis are the perfect models for mommy! My heart is melting at the very sight!
Gracie, THANK YOU SO MUCH for having fun with us…for sharing a little of your artistic world, and of course, for allowing us to admire all those amazing pages, photos and stories, here at the Shabby Shoppe blog! :o) It has been a complete pleasure and total joy to work with you! I actually feel kind of sad to finish up this post…I want to see more, and more gorgeous layouts!! LOL! But one thing is for certain, I am leaving this post excited and completely INSPIRED! Best of all – I KNOW I am not the only one!
THANKS for joining me today – and I’ll see you back here…same time, same place…to announce the winner of template challenge 18 <oooh, exciting!>, to share the next template challenge with you and a little something extra – YAY!! See you then! :o)